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Episode 40: How to Know if You’re Insulin Resistant?

Welcome Back!

In today’s podcast episode, I share a recent video from my FB group PCOS INSIDERS about insulin resistance and how it drives PCOS symptoms. In it I explain what it is, how women with PCOS can tell if they have insulin resistance and what they can do next to reduce insulin through diet and lifestyle changes.

Why is this important? 

It is estimated that between 70%-90% of women with PCOS have insulin resistance, which is contributing to symptoms such as unexplained weight gain, acne and cravings. Having insulin resistance also increases the risk for diabetes, fatty liver disease and heart disease. This is why it is important to lower insulin resistance first, before addressing any other health concerns in women with PCOS.

The good news is that there is so much you can do to reduce insulin resistance with diet and lifestyle modifications! Today we explore the specific changes that will help you balance insulin, which include nutrition, sleep, and supplementation.

Not sure if you are insulin resistant?

We’ll cover what tests you can request from your physician and the type of specialists I recommend you consult. Plus, at the end of this episode, I answer questions from my group members about a variety of topics including weight loss, exercise, fertility and even picky eaters!

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • What is insulin resistance 
  • How to determine if you’re insulin resistant
  • The specific tests and criteria you should consider 
  • Simple lifestyle changes you can make to manage insulin 
  • How to manage your weight when dealing with insulin resistance
  • How do deal with children who are picky eaters

Links mentioned in this episode:
Join PCOS Insiders
HOMA-IR Calculator
Ep. 9 – PCOS Basics: Part 1 – Eating Well
Ep. 10 – PCOS Basics: Part 2 – Boosting Success
Ep. 11 – PCOS Basics: Part 3 – Supplements

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